Massachusetts-based energy provider Eversource secured approval from the state’s Department of Public Utilities to increase its clean energy portfolio.In a press statement, Eversource announced that it will soon start with the construction of several solar energy projects in an attempt to meet growing customer demand for energy as well as expand its growing clean energy portfolio.
The projects will increase the utility’s total energy capacity generated from solar in Massachusetts from 8MW to 70MW.
The solar projects falls under efforts by Eversource to meet recommendations set by the Massachusetts federal government for utilities operating in the state to reduce their carbon footprint and provide consumers with clean and affordable electricity generated from renewable energy resources.
The energy to be generated from the plants once they are completed, will be sold to customers of Eversource for $0,18 per KW/h. To date, consumers in Massachusetts are buying electricity generated from solar by private companies at a price of $0,50 per KW/h, adds the company statement.
The utility’s solar projects will generate energy enough to power over 10,000 homes and reduce carbon emissions equivalent to removing 6,000 cars from the road per year.
Eversource is currently in the process of identifying land on which the solar plants will be sited. Construction is expected to begin by May this year.
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In the last quarter of 2016, another US utility Con Edison said it plans to deploy a $33 million solar project to help low-income consumers.
The company filed a proposal with the New York State Public Service Commission to implement the solar energy project.
If the New York state energy regulator allows Con Edison to increase its clean energy portfolio, the utility firm will install solar arrays at 40 of its facilities in New York and Westchester county.
The $33 million solar project falls under efforts by Con Edison to improve its customer service by ensuring that all its consumers regardless income, have access to affordable and clean energy.
The project will provide electricity to between 3,000 and 6,000 low-income consumers who are currently registered under the utility’s Low Income Bill Assistance Programme. [Grid-solar integration: challenges and opportunities].
Matthew Ketschke, vice president of Distributed Resource Integration for Con Edison, said: "We're committing to put solar panels on our warehouses, substations, office buildings, garages and other properties to expand access."
In addition to providing clean energy to low-income consumers, Con Edison will help participants of the programme to implement energy efficiency behaviours to reduce their energy bills.
According to calculations made by the utility firm, the project will result in each participant saving up to $60 per year.
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